Leading provider of games, systems and services for casino, lottery and social gaming, Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS), announced Tuesday that effective September 4, James Sottile (pictured) joined the company as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Legal Officer.

According to the official press release (pdf)…

Sottile will be responsible for overseeing the Las Vegas-based company’s global legal organization. He will report to Barry Cottle, President and Chief Executive Officer for Scientific Games.

Accomplished legal strategist:

Commenting on the appointment, Cottle said, “Jim brings more than 30 years of experience working across multiple industries. He is an accomplished legal strategist and litigator, as well as an experienced leader. I look forward to working with him, as he guides our world-class legal organization to support our strategic objectives and positively impact our business results. He is a terrific addition to our executive team. David Smail will be staying on in an advisory role through the end of the year.”

Jones Day:

Prior to joining the company, Sottile was a partner at international law firm, Jones Day, at its New York office. He reportedly has considerable experience developing legal strategies to remedy critical business issues, negotiating positive solutions with regulators and successfully litigating complex commercial matters.


Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers has named Sottile a notable practitioner for the past 13 years, and has since 2011 been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America.

Sottile also commented on his appointment, saying…

“I am excited by the opportunity to lead Scientific Games’ global legal organization and work with Barry and his leadership team to ensure the Company continues its global leadership in Gaming and Lottery and is successful in its efforts to drive innovation and benefit all key stakeholders. My passion is leading winning teams, and I am thrilled to lead and advance the success of Scientific Games’ great legal team.”